In critical situations the main question was “to what extent is it good to interfere in the operation of the economy,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on the topic of price caps.
In his weekly interview with public broadcaster Kossuth Radio on Friday, Orbán said that the inflation plaguing Europe was “pushing the economy off track.” Hungary’s government is working to soften the blow by raising wages and pensions and by capping prices where possible, he said.
Besides cutting utility fees, the government has capped fuel prices, he noted. This week, it capped the prices of basic food at the level of October prices and will take steps to ensure those products are available in shops, he said. By the time this measure runs out in 90 days, European inflation will hopefully also subside, he said.
At the same time, the next steps from Brussels are unpredictable as “they are ruled by dogmatic market ideologies rather than common sense,” he said. “While I accept many of those dogmas, they cannot be used exclusively,” Orbán said.
Besides the rules of the market, the government must also take into account “considerations of the entire population and society,” Orbán said.
“The cabinet has at its disposal methods to raise wages and pensions and keep control over price increases,” adding that he was prepared to defend such measures in Brussels.
The security of Hungarian families is a government priority, Orbán said.
“Attacks from Brussels connected with measures affecting families will be forthcoming, but these can be thwarted partly by relying on European regulations that also guarantee our rights and partly because Hungarians have proved in the past ten-plus years that we are not timid and we will protect our interests,” he said.
Hungary is a free country where adults can choose their way of life, but parents’ rights must be respected when it comes to how they want to raise their children in such sensitive areas as sexuality, the Prime Minister added.
Germany is a civilised country, yet a paedophile network of several hundred members was recently uncovered there, Orbán said. “Hungarian laws handle such issues well,” he added.
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